June 2018

We love getting to know clients and learning how the design solutions we create can help improve their business.  We love it even more when clients get to live these results.  Versique is one of these clients.  We got the opportunity to work with them on their renovation last year.  They recently wrote this post about the positive changes their new workspace has had on their business - check it out!

MAY 2018

May 1st marked Studio BV's second annual retreat day!  At our retreats, we spend our mornings out in the community doing a service project and the afternoons together celebrating our achievements over the last year and getting inspired for what is to come!

This year, we spent the morning at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis.  We brought in groceries and made a variety of freezer meals that will be available to families staying at the house that are unable to make the communal meal.  We also helped assemble thank-you packages for a school group that donated a substantial amount of money.  We were so impressed with the facility and the work of the Ronald McDonald House!  The staff and volunteers we worked with were so kind, the facility so impressive, and the mission so important!  Every year, the facilities in the Twin Cities serve over 5,000 families as they are going through the painful process of having a sick child in the hospital.  We loved being able to be a small part of this big mission!

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After we finished all of our cooking, the SBV team headed to the brand new Dayton at Gaviidae - DT Minneapolis YMCA.  We love our work with the Y and were so grateful that they let us use their space for our retreat day.  We spent the afternoon celebrating each other's personal and professional accomplishments and giving Pecha Kucha-style presentations of the work we have completed over the last year.  We ended the day with a great happy hour and an inspirational presentation by Dr. Kathleen Vohs on how art enhances meaning.  It was another great retreat and we can't wait to see where the next year will take us!

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JANUARY 2018

2018 is a big year for our hometown of Minneapolis as we get to welcome sports fans from near and far for Super Bowl LII.  Our studio was lucky enough to be asked to partner with Andersen Windows + Doors and KARE 11 to design a temporary warming house and broadcast booth for them to entertain guests, host meet-and-greets, and broadcast the news during the ten days leading up to the big game.  The structure was part of a fan experience zone along Nicollet Mall called Super Bowl Live.  There were many complexities that came with this project.  There were strict size restraints (15'x60' ), many brands to represent (Andersen Windows + Doors, KARE 11, Super Bowl LII, and the NFL), and the incorporation of multiple program elements (a fan photo mosaic, a souvenir penny press, room for meet-and-greets, an LED ceiling installation, a working fireplace, and a broadcast studio).  Probably the most challenging piece, however, was that the entire structure had to be constructed along Nicollet Mall in just a few days!  Because of these complexities, we partnered with an outstanding team of industry friends to help make it happen.  Alongside Gardner Builders, Reigstad & Associates, Star Exhibits, Gopher Stage Lighting, and Andersen's internal product team, we were able to turn our vision into a reality.  The structure was designed as prefabricated panels and sections that were assembled at Star's facility and then shipped to the site and put into place.  It was a great challenge, but proof that with the right team, anything is possible.  We send out a huge THANK YOU to our whole team for a successful project!

 Construction at Star Exhibits

Construction at Star Exhibits

 Panels being put in place at the site along Nicollet Mall

Panels being put in place at the site along Nicollet Mall

 The finished product!  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

The finished product!  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

 Another finished shot.  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

Another finished shot.  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

See our project section for more finished photos!

DECEMBER 2017

The holiday season brings about all kinds of our favorite things!  We love all of the celebrations together, but we also love being able to bring extra cheer to kids within our community.  Herman Miller's WeCare event allows us to do just that.  Their craft market at the North Minneapolis Boys & Girls Club brings so many smiles to the kids' faces as they work with different firms on crafts to give to their family and friends.  This year, we got to manage the ever-popular face painting station!  It was so fun to hear their creative ideas and to bring their vision to life!  It was a great way to kick-off the holiday season!

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NOVEMBER 2017

One of the things our studio values most is our relationships within our design community.  We truly believe that the success of others in the market only adds value to our profession as a whole.  We are fortunate enough to have many friends in the industry, and this month we got to celebrate one of those great friendships.  NELSON has a great ritual where every month they get together to celebrate successes by saboring champagne.  We were fortunate enough to get invited to their November event where we got to celebrate each other's accomplishments and toast to our friendship!  Thank you NELSON and we look forward to hosting you soon!

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OCTOBER 2017

October marks Studio BV's 2nd birthday!  Our second year meant so many things for us - the opportunity to work with many more wonderful clients, the addition of amazing new team members, and our very first office space!  To celebrate year two, we had a dinner party where we could laugh together and enjoy some delicious food and wine.  Cheers to many more incredible years!

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SEPTEMBER 2017

This fall, Studio BV was invited by our friends at HGA to a food packing challenge with Feed My Starving Children at Target Field.  Throughout our two hours there, our two groups packed about 75 boxes of food which is over 16,000 meals - enough to feed 44 kids for an entire year!  While Studio BV is proud to say we packed over half of those boxes (winning our packing challenge!), we are more proud to be part of such a wonderful event and to have great industry friends like HGA who share our values of giving back to the community around us.  We look forward to our rematch next year!

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MAY 2017

This past May, the Studio BV team headed to Urban Ventures at their CityKid Farm to help them get ready for their spring planting.  We organized and planted a variety of seedlings that included a lot of the fruits and vegetables that CityKid Farm provides along the Greenway near their Midtown location.  At this site, they house an educational plot, two greenhouses, a CityKid Market location, a bee apiary, and an orchard.  They use these to help educate and grow food for those that they serve in this neighborhood.  We loved getting to know more about their programs and being able to be a part of helping this important mission!

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This volunteer event was how we kicked off our first Studio BV Retreat.  Community involvement is a key value of the firm, so what better way to start our day together than to put this value into action.  We then spent the rest of the day together learning about each other and talking about the other values of the firm and how to accentuate them in our daily practice.  We ended the day with a great talk by Dr. Kathleen Vohs, Betsy's sister.  She talked to us on her research around creativity and decision fatigue.  It was an inspiring day together!

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APRIL 2017

Studio BV once again participated in the University of Minnesota's College of Design Day of Service with their Design Forward program!  For this spring's event, the volunteers headed to The Food Group.  The Food Group is an innovative hunger relief organization dedicated to serving the needs of our changing communities through the distribution and promotion of healthy foods to over 200 partner food shelves and meal programs.  We spent the morning packing boxes of frozen meats to be distributed through their Fare for All program.  The group packed 9 palettes totaling 9,450 lbs which equates to 7,875 meals!  It was a fun day giving back with others from around the design community.

March 2017

Earlier this month, Liz participated in AIA in the Schools.  The committee teamed up with Ms. Gloe's 3rd grade class at Hale Elementary in South Minneapolis to help build and design dream homes with the ambitious students.  The task was similar to the game of 'Life' - each student was able to pick a career and was given an annual income.  After understanding typical expenses, they were able to take out a loan to help them afford their perfect home.  Liz volunteered for the afternoon to partner up with a few students who found images they wanted to replicate.  Based on their loan, Liz and her students were given a certain amount of milk cartons to work with.  As a team, they utilized only milk cartons, cardboard, and hot glue to create some masterpieces the students could call home.